The Skanda Purana

by G. V. Tagare | 1950 | 2,545,880 words

This page describes Greatness of Brahmeshvara (Brahma-ishvara) which is chapter 248 of the English translation of the Skanda Purana, the largest of the eighteen Mahapuranas, preserving the ancient Indian society and Hindu traditions in an encyclopedic format, detailling on topics such as dharma (virtous lifestyle), cosmogony (creation of the universe), mythology (itihasa), genealogy (vamsha) etc. This is the two hundred forty-eighth chapter of the Prabhasa-kshetra-mahatmya of the Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana.

Chapter 248 - Greatness of Brahmeśvara (Brahma-īśvara)

Īśvara said:

1-5. Thereafter, O great goddess, a pilgrim should go to the shrine situated to the west of Parṇāditya. As already mentioned, it is adored by Brahmā. It is on the banks of Sarasvatī.

O my beloved, I shall mention its origin. Listen with rapt attention. Even as Brahmā was creating the four divisions of living beings formerly, a lady of lotus-like eyes with wonderfully exquisite beauty was born. Her neck resembled conch shell. Her tresses were fine. Her lips were like Biṃba fruit and her waist was slender. Her navel was deep. She had excellent buttocks, fully developed breasts and hips. Her face was like the full moon. The ankles were hidden (under muscles) and her face wore a smile. She shone to such an extent that there was no Devī (Deva-woman), no Gāndhārvī, no Āsurī and no serpent-girl who had a similar beautiful form.

6. On seeing her richly endowed with beauty, Brahmā became overwhelmed with love, O lady of excellent complexion. He requested her for granting him the pleasure of love-play.

7. When he made this request, O great goddess, his fifth head assumed the form of an ass and fell down due to that sin in an instant.

8. After realizing the great sin due to the lustfulness for his own daughter, he became extremely disgusted. He, therefore, went to the holy region of Prabhāsa.

9. Since there can be no sanctity of the body without holy ablution in the Tīrtha, O lady of excellent countenance, he took bath in the holy waters of Sarasvatī.

10. He installed the Liṅga of the Trident-bearing Lord of Devas. Thereby he became free from sins and went back to his abode.

11. He who takes his bath in the waters of Sarasvatī and views the Liṅga, shall be rid of all sins and will be honoured in the world of Brahmā.

12. A man who visits the deity on the fourteenth lunar day in the bright half of the month of Caitra attains that great region where Lord Maheśvara resides.

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